When I read the tale of the Cok and the Jasp, I could not help but be reminded of the actions of brave Sir Gawain when he accepted the challenge of the Green Knight. Most of us Knights appreciated what Sir Gawain did that day. In truth, he may have saved the honor of the Round Table from permanent tarnish. It is harder for my brave knights, as dedicated as they are, to get around in Winter. Tales of our deeds were running thin, because indeed, our deeds were too far and few between. Aye, we were losing our reputation as the greatest knights of all history and time. The Green Knight must have known this as he descended upon our hearth, truly ruining our civil Christmas celebration.
When the Green Knight came, he challenged each and all the Knights to his game, and Gawain was the one to accept. Many of the Knights, and indeed the ladies of the court saw it as foolhardy to accept a seemingly childish game from this Knight, who was clearly enhanced by some sort of magic. To those Knights, I would guess that they would think of the Cok in this story as a fool as well, and the jasp of chivalry and honor would seem completely worthless to them. The story of the Cok and the Jasp tells us a lesson about value being in the hands of those that perceive it. These knights have no honor, and thus could not see any value in accepting the Christmas Gomen. The truth of it is that Gawain saw something of value in that jasp when the Green Knight set it upon our round table. The other knights, like coks, could not see the true value of that gem.